April 17, 2019
Bevill State Community College will launch a Truck Driver Training program on the Hamilton Campus of the College. On Monday, April 15, the Marion County Commission unanimously approved and signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Dr. Kim Ennis, President of Bevill State Community College, to use the CDL Training Lot at the Marion County Rankin-Fite Airport to use for the purpose of this course.
“We are excited about this new program opportunity on the Hamilton Campus. Forming partnerships, such as this one with the Marion County Commission, allows us to expand training and workforce opportunities throughout our service area. This fosters economic growth for the region.” said Dr. Ennis.
This non-credit Truck Driver Training program will be for individuals interested in obtaining their Commercial Driver License (CDL). The projected start date for the first class will be Monday, April 29, 2019. This will be a seven week program with a Ready-to-Work certificate included in the CDL training. The program will be Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and on Fridays from 7:00 – 11:30 a.m. The maximum capacity for this 7-week program will be four (4) students.
All students must qualify and be funded via the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. To apply for funding, individuals must contact their local Alabama Career Center to apply for WIOA. Dan Raburn at the Hamilton Career Center is the contact for local applicants. For additional information or to register for the class after WIOA approval, contact Amanda Clement-Tice, Workforce Solutions Specialist for Bevill State, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800.648.3271 ext. 5323.
Funding to purchase the training vehicle for this program came from a WIOA grant from the Workforce Development Division of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “We are grateful to the Workforce Development Division of the Alabama Department of Commerce for their support of this project. We see this as an opportunity to support the need for truck drivers in this region,” stated Al Moore, Dean of Workforce Solutions and Economic Development for Bevill State Community College.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) helps job seekers and workers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market. In July 2014, Congress passed WIOA, the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in more than 15 years, by a wide bipartisan majority. In doing so, Congress enhanced several key employment, education, and training programs. In recent years over 20 million people annually turn to these programs to obtain good jobs and a pathway to the middle class. WIOA continues to advance services to these job seekers and employers.